Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 59

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA managing editor Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.

Listen in playlist format here.


Putting his own “post-apocalyptic horror house” spin on AWAY‘s “Honest to God,” Bloodtone returns in full force. The producer ramps up the energy from the original, bolstering it with a pounding bassline and down-pitched vocals. He calls the original “one of the my favorite electronic tracks that I have heard in the last five years” and brings his own creative flair to the piece by building a dark, eerie atmosphere. He gave a similar treatment to Alison Wonderland‘s “U Don’t Know” a few months ago and returns with an equally sinister reworking here.

F.O.O.L‘s new EP is one of the most fascinating bodies of work I’ve heard this year. Highway weaves its way from mystery-filled synthwave to high-powered electro, teaming up with collaborators like Laura Brehm and Anzo to complete the collection. After releasing the EP’s title track in June, fans knew to expect something dynamic and fresh from the Swedish producer — and that’s precisely what happened. The EP’s second track, “Escape Plan,” follows the synthwave path, thrilling with a frantic orchestral melody and backed by racing ’80s-style synths in the verses. The synthwave takeover is nigh, friends.

Oliverse recent joined the Disciple Records family, and he bursts onto the label with an EP that showcases his versatile production skills. The title track for the EP, “Get High,” is a powerful piece. Catchy vocals lead into a forceful, wobble-filled drop, pounding the ears with a perfect balance of old-school dubstep and contemporary elements. He makes an impressive showing for his Disciple debut, dropping a 30-minute mix just days before the release of Get High. From his Koo remix in 2015 to now, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed observing his experimentation across the EDM spectrum.

The release of deadmau5‘s “Monophobia” with Rob Swire in July led to an onslaught of remixes. Artists couldn’t wait to get their hands on the mau5trap masterpiece, and rightfully so. It’s been reworked every which way, but one in particular’s caught my ear. Essenger took the time not only remix “Monophobia,” but cover it as well. His take is a minimalist, garage-influenced one, leaving space for the listener to absorb the dreamy essence of his production and vocals. A guitar melody takes the place of the song’s plucky introduction, leading the unassuming listener into a dramatic synthwave switch-up about halfway through the cover. It’s a refreshing and compelling take on the original.

There’s just something special about this 11-minute piece from Chasing Dreams. I first heard it at the beginning of a Gorm Sorenson Silk Music mix and was captivated by its gorgeous ascending melodies and peaceful atmosphere. “The One Who Watches” begins with a simple piano melody and leads into harmonious chords, gently easing the listener into the serene soundscape that lingers long after the song has come to a close. It’s an uplifting, hopeful piece that’s part of Chasing Dreams’ Ascesa album, which has been described as “a lingering, gentle, pensive rise presented as a melodious milkshake of stories, experiences, and feelings.”

TWO LANES Release Refreshing Chill-Trap Original “Away”

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TWO LANES blends melodic chord progressions, emotional vocals, and filthy drops in their single, “Away.” The production and sound design truly solidify the epic grandeur the song possesses, the catalyst to the coalescence of the tracks being heavy and melodic elements. Released via Trap Nation, “Away” will no doubt be played out by TWO LANES

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Illenium stuns with 15-track remix package for ‘Awake’

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Since his debut in 2013, Colorado producer Illenium has pushed the envelope with his feels-inducing musical creations. He’s thrilled the electronic music scene with his innovative originals and remixes, selling out venues wherever he goes.

Now, he follows up his sophomore album, Awake, with a stunning 15-track remix package for that same collection of music. He tapped the talents of some of the scene’s most inventive names for the set of reworks, and the result is a diverse compilation that truly has something for everyone.

From the heavier remix from The Glitch Mob of “Crawl Outta Love” to the euphoric Crystal Skies rework of “Let You Go” to Au5 and Fractal‘s drum & bass-injected version of “Sound of Walking Away,” Illenium has pulled together an exceptional body of work that displays varied interpretations of some of his best music to date.

The Awake remix package is out now on Seeking Blue.

MitiS shows off melodic bass expertise on ‘Away’

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Very few have been able to hit the mark when it comes to feel-good, melodic bass music — only some of the most talented producers have pulled it off  Pennsylvania native, MitiS, is one of the newest, with intriguing originals and well-deserved remixes for Seven Lions and Gareth Emery, to name a few.

His latest release, “Away,” which features Gioto on vocals, will have listeners feeling the vibes, starting off with major chords on piano, a bit of acoustic guitar, relaxed drum beats and a dose of lead synths in the background that build into the galvanizing, euphoria-filled drop. This is supposedly MitiS’ final release before he blesses fans with an album, and he kicks off his 2018 ‘Til The End tour on March 9th alongside PRXZM and Party Nails in Seattle.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 26

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA music editor and staff writer Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.


Since discovering GANZ a few years ago, I’ve been consistently impressed with the Dutch producer’s music. His latest, recently premiered by TOKiMONSTA on BBC Radio 1, is no exception.  With its hip-hop-influenced beats and signature pounding synths, “I’ll Be Gone (I Miss You)” is another great addition to GANZ’s discography.


It would basically be a crime to not include What So Not‘s latest in this playlist. With the announcement of a forthcoming LP and massive tour, Emoh Instead has been taking the electronic music world by storm this week. “Stuck In Orbit” with vocalist BUOY is one of his most compelling pieces of work to date. The five-and-a-half-minute single serves as a gorgeously emotive precursor to what we can expect from his stacked debut album, and I can’t wait.


Australians J-Trick and Folly have crafted an absolutely ruthless g-house house tune with “No Games.” The track packs a heavy punch with rap-fueled verses, a driving bassline, and subtle trap elements. Its catchy beat and hard-hitting builds and drops have been stuck in my head since its release last Friday.


As a longtime Crywolf fan, I’m always interested in seeing how other producers transform his unique music. AWAY has taken his good friend’s iconic “Quantum Immortality” and reworked it into a dark, glitchy remix layered with elements of trap, future bass, and just about everything in between. The Los Angeles producer has delicately crafted a complicated soundscape full of twists and turns that complements Crywolf’s original vocals beautifully.


Last week, Direct teamed up with Matt Van for an elegant composition called “I Don’t Mind.” The track is vastly different from many of Monstercat‘s recent releases and is a breathtaking, refreshing addition to the label’s Instinct brand. Van’s moving vocals over piano-centered production from Direct make for a relaxing addition to any chill-type playlist.

Crywolf – Quantum Immortality (AWAY Remix)

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Away has dropped a wonderfully dark remix of Crywolf’s Quantum Immortality. The LA producer is known for creating expansive soundscapes with ominous undertones, while Crywolf possesses one of the most recognizable voices in the business. I think for Awake to remix someone at the forefront of a different type of EDM… emotional dance music, is

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AWAY (feat. London Thor) – Sleepwalker (DROELOE Remix)

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DROELOE have added an energized flair to AWAY‘s viral hit, “Sleepwalker.” While the original set a nice base with warm vocals and emotive melodies, the duo have increased the lows and added further rhythm to create a more club-ready take. London Thor’s verses fit well into this more eclectic canvas, maintaining the soft edge sought out in “Sleepwalker’s” initial production.

Remixing well-known cuts with finesse is a skill that DROELOE have demonstrated from early on. Their take on the pop single “We Don’t Talk Anymore” proved a wild success, as has their more recent interpretation of “Boys,” by Charli XCX.

 

 

 

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AWAY releases stirring new music video of ‘Sleepwalker’ via Lowly Palace

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Promising Los Angeles-based talent AWAY continues to define his artistic realm with the release of his music video of his debut single “Sleepwalker” featuring London Thor. This new delivery encapsulates the emerging sonic magnetism that has AWAY standing out as a breakout talent in 2017. His introspective attention to detail can be felt in the track’s production, and now he seeks to further establish his exploratory sound with a haunting and dark visual accompaniment via Lowly Palace.

“Sleepwalker” is a pressing narrative of a destructive break-up. The music video outlines a hazy scene of loss and self-desolation, bringing to light the personal feelings of escaping one’s feelings amidst a devastating situation. While there are many layers to AWAY’s self-defining moniker, the project successfully paves a route to curate a brand that could challenge the status-quo.

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AWAY Shares Official Video for “Sleepwalker”

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LA-based producer AWAY’s latest single “Sleepwalker” featuring London Thor has already garnered 2 millions streams to date, and is accompanied today by a captivatingly haunting visual counterpart. The eoeo, directed by masked filmmaker and fashion designer VIIISION, whose worked with the likes of Travis Scott, OWSLA, and Kitsune, reflects the darker yet realistic nature of

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AWAY – Sleepwalker feat. London Thor (Original Mix)

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Known for his crafty remixes, Dan Alm has returned under his AWAY moniker with the release of his debut original, “Sleepwalker,” featuring London Thor. Augmented by sweeping drops, “Sleepwalker” is a pensive track that speaks to AWAY’s authenticity as an emerging artist through his punctilious attention to detail.

In reference to his latest single, AWAY notes that “Sleepwalker is a song about the different emotions you experience when someone leaves your life unexpectedly. Confusion, sadness, apathy, and anger”.  Corroborated by London Thor’s calming vocals, the Los Angeles newcomer convincingly conveys a heightened sense of emotional awareness that belies the edgy aesthetic of his personal brand.  “Sleepwalker” is now available via Lowly Palace.

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